Gov. Perry Appeals Denial Of Wildfire's Disaster Status

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to President Barack Obama to appeal the denial of major disaster declaration for Texas in the wake of this year's devastating wildfires.

Perry sent the letter to the president Thursday. In a statement issued by his office, Perry says the state "continues to be impacted by the worst wildfire season in recent memory." He urged the president "to reconsider and approve our request for federal assistance in fighting these fires," calling it a federal duty "to assist Texas in its response efforts."

White House spokesman Jay Carney has said the Obama administration has been "extremely responsive" to Texas by providing at least 25 wildfire management assistance grants.